I have jotted some thoughts and ideas below based on my reflections on the last two Christmases with my parents when they had dementia, before they passed away. 1. Adjust expectations The second last Christmas was when they were still at home. It was three years ago so a little distant in my memory, but… Read More Four Ideas to Create Special Memories with your Loved one Living with Dementia this Christmas
The answer to this question will be as varied as the number of people it applies to. Every individual person and family is different. A member of our Facebook community asked this question recently, so I thought I would do some research as well as share my experiences and thoughts with you all, with the… Read More How long can my loved one with dementia stay at home alone?
What an incredible and generous idea! Spiritual Eldercare Blogger, Elisa Bosley, has been working on a ‘labour of love’ project. She says, “While doing chaplain work, I realized that there were no downloadable singalong hymns for people with dementia anywhere online, let alone for for free – so I decided to create them myself.” The project has… Read More Music for Dementia – Free Christmas Carols Designed Specifically for Dementia
When you are caring for a loved one who is not well, it can consume you, especially for those who are full-time carers. Even if you are not caring full-time but have the responsibility for them, as in my case, it can consume your thinking. It is important to take some time out to de-stress,… Read More De-Stressing When Your Loved One Has Dementia
This post is for those who have faith as well as for those interested in hearing how faith helped the journey I traveled with my parents living with dementia. For more, see the Faith page on the website – click here. If this is not for you, then skip this blog and come back next… Read More Faith and my Journey with my Loved Ones with Dementia
The long farewell is further complicated when your loved one who suffers with dementia lives overseas or a long distance away. As my parents were only an hour away, I asked my friend Jo to share some of her experiences of her Dad living in South Africa whilst she lived here in Australia. Her Mum… Read More When Your Loved One with Dementia Lives Overseas
This Father’s Day, take some time to remember those cherished memories and create some new special moments if he is still here. This will be my first Father’s Day since my Dad passed away. While I am sure I will have some tears, I am also blessed to be able to celebrate my husband as… Read More Father’s Day and Dementia